News Archives from 12-5-2014 to 1-6-2015

Cruise Vessel Security and Safet Act Proposed Regulation . . . January 16, 2015

On Friday January 16, 2015, The Coast Guard proposed to amend its passenger vessel regulations to implement the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 with respect to deck rails, systems for detecting or recording falls overboard and for recording evidence of possible crimes, hailing devices, security guides, sexual assault response, and crime scene preservation training. The proposed regulations promote the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and security missions. Comments can be submitted until April 16, 2015. Complete details are in the Federal Register notice linked below.

Federal Register Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act

Fishing Vessels Dispensing Petroleum Products ... January 6. 2015

The Coast Guard re-opened a comment period on revisions it was making to 46 CFR Part 105 relating to Fishing Vessels Dispensing Petroleum Products. It has rewritten this section of the regulations to simplify the language and to clarify that it now only applies to fish processing vessels of less than 5000 gross tons with no geographic limitations, The two federal register notices linked below give full details on the proposed regulation changes. Comments will be taken until February.

Re-Opening Notice

Original Notice with complete text of proposed regulation changes

Cruise Ship Terminal Screening . . . December 10, 2014

On Wednesday December 10, 2014, the Coast Guard proposed to amend its regulations on cruise ship terminal security. The proposed regulations would provide detailed, flexible requirements for the screening of all baggage, personal items, and persons—including passengers, crew, and visitors—intended for carriage on a cruise ship. The proposed regulations would standardize security of cruise ship terminals and eliminate redundancies in the regulations that govern the security of cruise ship terminals. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before March 10, 2015. Complete details are in the federal register notice linked below.

Federal register Cruise Ship Screening

Tustumena Replace Vessel Project . . . December 8, 2014

The State of Alaska Department of Transportation is planning to replace the Alaska ferry TUSTUMENA.  Proposed line drawings and information regarding the replacement  are provided in the links below. Complete information on this project is available at the State of Alaska Department of Transportation Web Site linked below.

Tustumena Replacement Info

Line Drawings of new Proposed Ferry

State of Alaska Department of Transportation Tustumena Replacement Web Page

Single Hull Tankers Phase Out Date . . . December 7, 2014

The Coast Guard published a reminder that the final phase-out date for all single-hull tank vessels and all single-hull tank vessels with double sides or double bottoms, to operate carrying oil in bulk in U.S. waters, including the Exclusive Economic Zone, is January 1, 2015. Relevant references are found in 46 USC 3703A,  Tank Vessel Construction Standards; 33CFR157.10D, Double Hulls on Tank Vessels; and NVIC 10-94, Guidance for determination and documentation of the OPA 90 phase-out schedule for existing single hull vessels carrying oil in bulk.

IMO Adopts Polar Code . . . December 6, 2014

The IMO in November 2014 adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make it mandatory. The expected date of entry into force of the SOLAS amendments is 1 January 2017, under the tacit acceptance procedure. It will apply to new ships constructed after that date. Ships constructed before 1 January 2017 will be required to meet the relevant requirements of the Polar Code by the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after 1 January 2018. 

Link to IMO Info Regarding Polar Code

Link to Polar Code (summary of requirements for ships)

Port Access Routes for Bering and Chukchi Seas . . . December 5, 2014

On Friday December 5, 2014, the Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register concerning its ongoing Port Access Route Study for the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait and Bering Sea.  This project started in 2010 when the Coast Guard asked for comments on the advisability or need for the creation of vessel routing measures in these areas. The USCG received about 25 comments in favor of these types of measures so the Coast Guard now is presenting its recommended routing measures for public discussion. Complete details are in the Federal Register Notice and Proposed Routing Scheme Document linked below. Public Meetings are scheduled for Juneau, Anchorage and Nome. see Meeting Schedules posted below.

PARS Study Federal Register

Proposed Routing Schemes Details

PARS Public Meeting Schedules